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What are solar shingles?

You've probably come across solar panels before, but what about solar shingles? It's the same idea as the solar panel, but in a much smaller scale. And they'll probably save you more money in the long run.

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How Rain Barrels Work

Chances are, even if you don't live in an area that's been going through a drought, you've probably heard about it on the news. But what can you do to help counteract the effects of a drought? Catch your own water, of course.

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How Daylighting Devices Work

Fluorescent lighting uses less energy than incandescent bulbs, but there's no replacing the sun for efficiency and for lifting your spirits. Is it possible to bring natural sunlight indoors?

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How Solar Water Heaters Work

When you get that gas or electric bill at the end of the month, you may swear off long, hot showers. But if your resolution always seems to cool after a few days, you might be a good candidate for a solar water heater.

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What are solar air heaters?

In today's economy, with rising fuel prices and dwindling resources, homeowners are looking for ways to save money wherever they can. And some are taking a lesson from the 1970s and turning to solar power to heat their homes.

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How Xeriscaping Works

We all know that water's a precious resource, but in drought-stricken regions, it's harder to come by than ever. What can you do? One landscaping option is Xeriscaping.

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How LEED Certification Works

Let's say you're building a house. You want to "build green," but where do you start? Most likely, you'll turn to LEED.

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Fact or Fiction: Energy Efficiency

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Becoming more energy-efficient means using technology to help you consume less energy. So, how much do you know about making your home more energy efficient?

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